Does your company own a food packaging machine? If so, there is important information you need to make the most of your investment. For instance, do you know how different categories of food work with different types of packing machines? And do you know the different settings for your machines?

Not all types of food should be treated the same way, whether you’re talking about how they’re packed, stored, prepared, or even consumed. That’s all the more true for how you package them.

Let’s take a close look at how the type of food you’re packing affects what food packaging machines you use.

Pieces of meat being packaged at a factory

Categories of Food vs. the Packaging Process

People often judge and consume food based on packaging. In fact, every aspect of a food’s packaging plays a huge role. Even expiration dates can have vast consequences, such as an increase in food waste.

But if you want to package your food efficiently and properly, you must consider the various types and methods of packaging equipment. If you don’t, you could end up with the wrong equipment.

So, let’s consider five common types of food packaging machines that you’re likely to need.

1. Vacuum Packing Machines

This is a very common type of packaging method when dealing with highly perishable foods. Vacuum packing equipment can seal foods, such as meats, and virtually remove all of the air, keeping food as fresh as possible.

2. Bundling Food Packaging Machines

If you’re wondering how to package food that comes in large quantities, then you’re usually looking at bundling machines. Sometimes these are called “banding machines,” but ultimately they serve the same goal: packaging large quantities of the same food product together in a single bundle.

3. Capping Machines

If you’re packaging soft drinks, water bottles, food syrups, or other types of liquid, then you’ll need a machine capable of capping.

Capping machines are usually used in conjunction with other food packaging equipment. They ensure freshness by placing air-tight caps on bottles.

4. Accumulation Systems

Accumulation systems can often be used alongside capping machines. They allow many products to accumulate at one time in one specific area. Therefore, they are generally used in larger enterprises with large teams.

Having the product accumulate in one area gives your team extra time at the end of the processing line. That way they can process product when they’re ready for it.

There are also in-line accumulation conveyors, spiral accumulation conveyors, and vertical accumulation conveyors.

5. Bagging Machines

If you have food that needs to be bagged or placed in pouches (such as chips and candy), you need bagging machines. These types of systems are designed to feed a variety of bagged products into multiple stacks. They often have optional features like bag closing and integrated laser coders.

Health Risks to Consider

Regardless of the type of packaging machine you have chosen or will use, health risks are one of the biggest factors to take into consideration. If you’re packaging food, health and safety is always a big concern.

The CDC estimates 48 million people get sick from foodborne illnesses every year, and some of that might come down to poorly or improperly packaged products.

Understanding the type of food you’re packaging, as well as the conditions in which you’re packaging it, is very important. It could help you avoid unnecessary lawsuits at worst or disgruntled customers at best.

Understanding Your Food Packaging Machines

Whether you have already purchased a packaging machine or are planning on it, you need to understand the different categories of food you will be dealing with. Not all types of food should be treated the same, and different machines will have different methods or different features intended for different results.

Before investing in any sort of food packaging equipment, it’s vital that you understand the unique needs and regulations regarding the foods you will be packing. If you have more questions or need more information on food packaging services, please feel free to contact us.